Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

August 16, 2013

Stewardson-Strasburg District resolves co-op issue Discusses potential track co-op

Jackson Adams
Daily News

---- — STRASBURG — Stewardson-Strasburg school board reconsidered some of the agreements in the athletic co-op with Windsor at its board meeting Thursday.

The main issue in the discussion was clarification around certain points of how athletic fees would be paid.

"We just wanted to get together and see if we had any questions," said Principal Mark Giertz.

The major change was a clarification in where athletic fees would be paid. Previous wording of the agreement stipulated the athletic fees would be paid to the "host school" before the first day of practice. The wording caused some confusion as to where exactly the host school was — whether it was the school the student attended or the school which hosted practices for the sport.

The new wording stipulates the fees go to the school the student attends.

"It's just like when we weren't co-oping," Giertz said.

Superintendent Michele Lindenmeyer said rewording the agreement would also make administrative tasks, such as tracking eligibility and checking how many sports each student is in considerably easier.

"Just by keeping them at your own school. We make it so much easier," she said.

Further co-oping opportunities with Windsor may be on the horizon. Giertz said he had discussed plans to potentially co-op high school track.

"They've come to us before with this, but I think they're serious this time," he said. "They want to do it, but we want to do it with junior high as well. It looks like we would just host both. We would still be paying coaches, but we would be splitting transportation."

Boards for both districts are still discussing a potential agreement.

If track is co-oped, the only sports that would remain solely at Stewardson-Strasburg would be boys junior high and high school basketball and junior high and high school volleyball.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or at jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.